I have always been a grazer but, in recent years I have had a hard time remembering to snack between meals, especially when I am busy with work and other things. Now that I am breastfeeding I am finding myself even more hungry, more often. There are a few simple items that I try to always have on hand so that I can always have something healthy to fuel my body.
Nuts – most nuts are full of good and healthy fats and are great for a quick pick me up in the mid afternoon. Many nuts offer protein and I find a little goes a long way in terms of filling me up. I will grab handfuls of raw walnuts, almonds or cashews. If you are trying to watch your weight be mindful of how many you are eating as they are high in fat but, a small handful is great beneficial snack which is super easy and quick! It is important to get a variety of nuts in your diet because different nuts have different health benefits. To learn more about how nuts can help your health, check out this article.
Energy balls – I love a great bite of superfood goodness. There are endless combinations you can try and they are generally very simple. I have a favourite recipe from Oh She Glows that basically tastes like raw cookie dough but they are made with healthy ingredients. I also, for a healthy treat, will buy some locally from a shop called Little Tuckeras they have a great variety of options, packed with super healthy ingredients to help boost your energy throughout the day!
Here are a few links to my favourite energy ball recipes. Oh She Glows Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites, Joyous Health Sexy Maca Balls, Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites – Minimalist Baker, Classic Almond and Cacao Energy Balls – Deliciously Ella.
Avocado – I always have avocado on hand and seem to eat it with breakfast lunch and dinner.For a snack, what I like to do is scoop out an avocado onto a plate and season with a bit of sea salt and eat with some crackers. A lot of times I add a nice slice of aged white cheddar, when I want to indulge. Avocado is such a healthy fat and it also contains about 458mg of potassium! You really can’t go wrong!
Granola – I love making granola bites. I eat granola on basically everything including toast and yogurt. Lately, I have found an awesome way to enjoy it as a quick snack. I mix some granola with coconut oil and peanut butter and press into an ice cube tray. I place in the freezer for 15 min and voila, a quick and convenient snack! Granola is great because it combines so many healthy ingredients into one pot. Just use whatever your favourite granola recipe is.
Raw Veggies and Hummus – You can’t go wrong with any type of veggie. I also like making my own hummus (it’s super simple) and using that as a dip for veggies like carrot sticks, red peppers, celery, broccoli, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. I like to have some veggies cut up and on hand ahead of time so that it’s a quick and easy snack!
Rustic pizza recipe
I absolutely love pizza! In my world, it is its own food group. I love that you can make pizza so many different ways and they can all taste fabulous and I love how easy it is to make. This pizza recipe is my all-time favourite and it is soo easy!
To start I use this recipe for pizza dough. I rarely leave it to rise 24 hours but you definitely can do that. Sometimes I put it in the oven on low with a wet towel wrapped over the bowl so it rises more quickly. I also, sometimes like a bit of a thicker, more flatbread type dough so I don’t leave it to rise too much in that case.
This particular recipe is a white pizza so there is no tomato sauce but you could definitely add some if you prefer.
I spread my dough out on a pan and drizzle with oil of choice. Typically for pizza that is EVOO but, some say heating EVOO is bad as it oxidizes so choose what oil you prefer, or brush with grass fed butter. I also like to mince some garlic and spread out with the oil or butter.
Then I add some cherry or grape tomatoes, mushrooms, and feta cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden. I then rip fresh basil leaves and disperse them over the pizza. To finish it off I drizzle with honey and cold pressed EVOO. I love the saltiness of the pizza and feta cheese combined with the sweetness of the honey.
That’s it! A super simple, rustic pizza recipe!
I love making pizza because it is always a great way to get the entire family involved in cooking dinner, especially the little ones!